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Author Topic: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education  (Read 1789 times)

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Offline Aaron Druimun Falkirk

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Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« on: Feb 03, 16, 03:36:55 AM »


Winter, 190 AP, Sparing: the Queen of Hearts and the Master of Blades
The Gate House and Parade Ground, then the Salle



The Killan library was beautiful. It had racks and racks of book cases, piled so high they had specially built ladders. It was meticulously organized, the bulk of the library sensibly arranged by subject, and then author. But the area Aaron stood in held the history, census and legal documents of Scelt. It was first organized not by subject or author, but by era. Each section belonged to a Queen of Scelt, the books written in that time then further subdivided by the traditional subject/author divide. It was a subtle, clever reminder of the shear length of time the Killan Dynasty had ruled Scelt. The few non-Killan Queens were not called out by differing the style or quality of their displays or bookcases. There was no need; the shear consistency of the Killan name repeated on book case after book case made the occasional Devlin or Doyle stand out all the more.

Aaron personally preferred a library ordered strictly by subject. It was a remnant of his education at the Dhemlan Naval Academy and subsequent Naval career. A practical, efficient organization of knowledge worked best for Aaron. Most of his long-lived Dhemlan friends had preferred books by author. Which made sense, if an expert on a subject could live five thousand years, they had time for more than a handful of books on any given topic.

But Prince Aaron Falkirk, Third Escort and Court Security for the Falkirk Clan Queen, wasn't standing in the Devlin or Doyle sections. He was lingering in the very oldest section, with works reported to have been written when the Killan Clan first lived in the now defunct castle referred to as the Killan Ruins. He wasn't even in the Sheane-era section of the archive, where the tithe records, income records and census reports he was supposed to be studying were. Aaron was an astute researcher, and he had a keen mind. The lure of the library had called him from a strict pursuit of his duty, to indulge his passion for knowledge. The chance to examine the books, scrolls and tomes deemed important enough that every generation of Killans that followed had preserved them would tell him much about the beliefs not merely of the Killan Queen, but of her entire Clan.

Aaron had not known the Killan Healer who had won Laird Ian's heart; he did not, could not, feel the kinship with the Killan Clan that the rest of his Falkirks did. Yet his opinion on the accuracy and trustworthiness of the evidence on the Sheane atrocities the Territory Queen had presented to the world would be crucial in deciding if and where the Falkirk Clan's warriors rode to war. His spies indicated that somewhere in the mountain of evidence the Territory Queen had was a paper trail proving that the Sheane Clan Queen had ordered the mercenary attack on the Falkirks.

He laughed softly, and shook his head. His voice was educated, his enunciation crisp with the merest hint of his Dhemlamese Naval Academy education. "She's the Scelt Territory Queen. The. Territory. Queen. Not merely another Clan Queen. So why, then, in the decade I have been home, have I never heard them refer to her as anything but the Killan Queen?" Highlanders. Much as he loved them, he would never understand.

Offline Honora Devlin Dunne

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #1 on: Feb 14, 16, 04:38:09 PM »
Honora Devlin Dunne’s presence at the Court of Scelt was not an unusual sight after she had taken over the ruling of the Kilvary Province several years ago. The seats of power were relatively close and Honora made any number of excuses to visit the Court. Given that the majority of her siblings were still in service to Lady Killan and the Court of Scelt it made more sense for her to visit them than the other way around. Never mind that the Court was as much her home as it was the home to the Devlin Clan. She had grown up trying to be the voice of reason in a sea of chaos between the Killans, Doyles and Devlins and knew every inch of the Keep and the expansive Estate, including the library.

While her siblings and fellow Queen, Loreniel, had made nuisances of themselves climbing trees in the orchard and pilfering fruit of various varieties Honora had instead studied books on etiquette, Protocol, and politics. Where Loreniel was on track to become a Queen of action and power it was Honora’s specialty to be more of a mediator and politician.

The library at the Killan Estates was a treasure trove of information and historical records. Far in the back of the library there was an ancient records book on decisions made by one of the Killan Queens several generations ago that Honora was carefully picking her way through. There was an ongoing feud in her Province between rival Clans that she was keen to resolve and remembered something vaguely in the historical annals about a decision handed down by a former Killan Queen under similar circumstances. Honora was looking not only for inspiration but also precedence that she could lean on when making her own similar decision.

Some Queens led by their hearts but for Honora it was always by her brain. Perhaps that was why she had never once bonded a male; not her brothers, cousins, biological family or even her in-laws. The Clan Dunne embraced Honora as one of their own but not a single male had stepped forward to bond the Queen. She as not as passionate or as moving as a Queen like Loreniel Killan. No, she was a far quieter variety and a deeper thinker in all that she managed.

Honora was startled from her thoughts by the deep, unmistakably male, voice. She noted straight away it was unfamiliar, as was the scent, and therefore she was able to quickly deduce it must belong to a Falkirk.  Which made perfect sense in context of the question that he was asking, undoubtedly a rhetorical question but she couldn’t help by weigh in.

“Killan is synonymous with Scelt. They’re dynastic in every sense of the world. There’s no need to refer to her as the Queen of Scelt when everyone knows a Queen bearing the Killan name is the Queen of Scelt.” Honora explained patiently as she marked the page of the book she has been labouring over. “Though I suppose if you posed the question to someone in Denford they may have an entirely different view.” There was a smile on her face, though he couldn’t see it yet, and a soft humour lingering on her tone. For a Queen who would always stand in the shadow of Loreniel Killan she had a very unique understanding of the other woman’s worth and power.

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #2 on: Feb 17, 16, 10:32:51 PM »


Winter, 190 AP, Sparing: the Queen of Hearts and the Master of Blades
The Library, a week or so after the arrival



The lilting, elegant voice seemed to rise out of the past, the voice of the Killan Queen of legend, who united Scelt when the Clans had seemed determined to exterminate themselves. Cultured, civilized, something in the voice was relaxing and familiar. It felt like a debate he might have had at the Dhemlan Naval Academy, so refined as it was. Perfectly pitched, it didn't even startle him.

Aaron Druimin Falkirk couldn't suppress a smile, and tilted his head back, sniffing the air, the scent and feel of Queen surrounding him so strongly it furthered the illusion of being visited  by one of the Queens of the past. His keen mind noted his oddly fanciful and intense response to the voice and scent of this woman, and his curiosity intensified. Had she been to the Salamanca University? To the Naval Academy?

Carefully, with visible reluctance he returned the tome he had selected to its place, noting it's exact location. "I'll be back for you, beautiful," he murmured. He thought about the answer to the question posed. Raising his voice enough to be comfortably heard, but in no way intrusive to other visitors to the Library, he replied thoughtfully. "Articulate and erudite, my lady.  I deduce that the Highlands dwell at the center of your world." Quite literally perhaps; his Clan Laird insisted every map made for the Falkirk Clan be centered on the Highlands. Yet he could not place her; any Queen's close enough to the Killan's to answer so ought to be at other courts. Taryn Kerry. Honora Dunne, A subtle humor answered her lighter tones. "Denford, it would seem, is nearly as stubborn as a Highlander."

He turned then, and sought the source of the delicately nuanced voice. He moved with military efficiency, narrowing her direction with a skilled psychic probe. As he rounded the large, sturdy bookshelves, he spied an oak table with a respectable collection of true histories and law books.  Research books, mostly. It was unlikely she was here for pleasure, then. Once he caught site of the elegantly coiffured hair that obscured her face from his view, some instinct prompted him to offer her his most elegant, Dhemlan-trained Court bow. "I am Prince Aaron Druimun Falkirk, Court Security of the Falkirk Court." He gave the habitual pause, for horror, sympathy, ignorance or court-polite feigned indifference. His mother had left a mark, his Aunt an example often taught to young Queens. "I apologize for interrupting your work."

Offline Honora Devlin Dunne

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #3 on: Feb 21, 16, 08:19:04 AM »
The library was not a room often frequented by guests and so it was a surprise to stumble upon one of the Falkirks, but not an unpleasant one. Without even seeing the man she knew that he was like minded; the type to research before making a decision or even just research out of pure curiosity.

If he had stumbled upon the ancient dynastic tomes of the Killan Queens then he was either monumentally bored or incredibly curious. Honora had read through those tomes during her adolescence while studying alongside Loreniel. But when Loreniel had begun her combat training Honora had turned to the library for a pursuit of history. The two Queens could not have been more different, and yet they were painfully similar and nearly sisters for all the time that they had spent together training and growing up.

“Well met, Prince Falkirk, and you’re quite right in your deduction that the Highlands dwell at the center of my world.” Honora carefully marked her progress on the page she had been studying and glanced up at the Prince who stood before her.

Honora held a special place in her heart for the Prince caste ever since she had fallen in love with her late husband. In a Territory that valued Warlord and Warlord Princes over the Prince caste due to their natural fighter’s instincts it was unusual to appreciate the more nuanced skills of a Prince. But that caste was far more attuned with Honora’s style of governing than any Warlord or Warlord Prince could be.

“After all, one might say I am the Queen of the Highlands.” Honora stood up from behind the large table and crossed to greet the Prince properly. “Lady Honora Devlin Dunne, Queen of Kilvary.” She extended her hand at the angle dictated by etiquette to allow him to buss it in polite greeting. “No apology needed, Prince. It has been dull and dry work and frankly I needed a distraction.”

The Prince had a bearing that reminded her of the navy, though she had no close relations with them, but it was a fair assumption based on observation. He hadn’t met her eyes yet but she suspected that they would be an intense brown that would rival the dark shade of his hair. She scolded herself for such curiosity but it did not diminish her desire to actually see the depths of his eyes, and into his very soul.

Offline Aaron Druimun Falkirk

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #4 on: Feb 28, 16, 01:11:03 PM »


Winter, 190 AP
The Library, a week or so after the arrival



Aaron bowed gracefully. With the flare that bespoke his Academy training more clearly than words, the Prince captured the offered hand, brushing a chaste and appropriate kiss upon the back of it. The touch was oddly disturbing, precisely because it was so soothing. He even kept the hand captured a moment to long. As he straightened, he glanced from her hand, into her eyes, and froze.

Honora Devlin's eyes were deep, rich with patience and wisdom beyond her years. Yet the ever-observant Falkirk spymaster could not identify their color or shape; he knew only the odd, possessive pull they exerted. Mine. Dismay and heartbreak flooded him, swiftly masked, twined with a quietly elusive wholeness a less bitter man might identify as joy.

Growing up in a divisive and vicious Court had its advantages. He finished his bow with poise, his face betraying his shocked surprise for no more than an instant. "Lady." A world of irony was held in that simple, unadorned word. "You've the keeping of my Clan, then." And his soul, he very much feared. He needed to keep her talking, about anything but the searing affect she was having. He had always assumed himself to be immune to excesses of passion and raw instinct. It was offensive, on some level, to be so goaded and driven by a haunting scent and endlessly comforting eyes.

His hand only slowly dropped to his side, clenching and unclenching. He ordered his breathing to remain steady, but only partially succeeded. To be Bound at all was an insult to his own self-control and clear head, and that it was to a stranger made all of his carefully hidden paranoia and suspicion rear its ugly head. "Your repopulation as a noted scholar of history precedes you."


Offline Honora Devlin Dunne

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #5 on: Feb 28, 16, 01:31:13 PM »
Lady Honora Devlin Dunne had served as Queen in any number of positions within the Districts and Provinces of Scelt, and even spent some time within the Court of Scelt itself. She as a Queen who had been exposed to any number of Clans and Clansmen. Despite this she only served as the Clan Queen to Clan Dunne and a few other smaller neighbouring and allied Clans.

During her various reigns she had never felt the powerful bond of a Queen and a rightful male to her Court. Those who served her had other bonds to the Queen. Bonds that she considered to be simply more practical for the sake of managing a Court and Province.

After all, Honora could see exactly what the bond did to a strong Queen and she was more comfortable remaining detached from any state that involved emotions. Ever since the death of her husband she had remained coolly detached from all those around her but without ever physically removing herself from their presence. Many of her own (adoptive) siblings had long ago bonded to another Queen and Honora had never once envied Loreniel those relationships. Not after she had personally witnessed exactly what those relationships did to the likes of a Queen like Loreniel or a Warlord Prince such as Brogan.

No, Honora was certain that the Darkness had long ago decided that she didn’t need bonded males to be a successful Queen.

At least that’s what she had thought until she raised her eyes, having followed Aaron’s proper kiss on her hand, and caught herself staring into his powerfully deep chocolate eyes.

Mother Night. Honora thought as her breath caught. He belongs to me.

The breath clutched tightly in her lungs as she felt a sense of panic overwhelm her mind. Her own late husband hadn’t even been bonded to her and now she’d found this stranger, a member of Clan Falkirk, who had the Darkness deemed a match to her soul. No, this is not what Honora had expected to discover when she had confronted the other voice in the Library and she desperately wished for a few moments that she had remained quiet rather than provoking his interest.

Yet the man didn’t show any signs of having the same Realm-tilting revelation that Honora had experienced. Perhaps he hadn’t recognized it, and maybe Honora wouldn’t have if not for her close relationship with Loreniel who had experienced this over a half dozen times since their childhood. Lore had been right – it was a unique feeling and the meaning could not be denied.

“I find value in the wisdom and insight of those who served before me.” Honora replied automatically to Aaron’s distracting compliment. Had he not felt the Realm shift? Darkness, Honora was certain that she had just found a bonded male but his reaction made her question everything she knew about the Darkness-blessed bond. “I’d rather not recreate the wheel each time I need to make a decision. Sometimes the answer is more easily found in history.” She waved helplessly at the stack of books she’d piled around her small desk within the Library. Why were they even talking about this? Should she not address the Nharkavan hellephant in the room?

“You feel it too. Don’t you?” She asked quietly unable to hide the hint of wonderment, confusion and fear that outlined each word with raw emotions that was very much unlike the Queen or the reputation that she possessed.

Offline Aaron Druimun Falkirk

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #6 on: Feb 28, 16, 02:46:50 PM »


Winter, 190 AP
The Library, a week or so after the arrival



Aaron Falkirk couldn't break eye contact with Lady Honora Devlin Dunne. No matter how he ordered himself to look away, he did not. Her poise, her incredible scent, the most soothing voice he'd ever heard. He could not say it soothed him like a mother's voice, for his mother was nothing like his Queen. Nor yet was it a lover's voice, with burden and manipulation therein. It was closest to how he felt about Granddane Sine, a mixture of lady-like softness and Highland granite, both a strength and a weakness.

His keen, curious mind was already tugging and and examining this odd sense of other that had taken up residence within him, even as his instincts were schooling him to hang back, to reserve judgement. To find out what she wanted, before offering ...whatever it was that Queen's took from the Bond.

The men he knew spoke often of what the Bond felt like. Of this moment. But he realized with shock that none of them really spoke about it beyond that. He didn't know what to expect. He couldn't plan, or prepare. Even the verbose Yseult was oddly silent on the matter. Why? What were they hiding? He answered Lady Honora's polite response on automatic, his mind continuing to puzzle at a mystery that, frankly, he had always suspected to be exaggerated. "We are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past unless we study and learn from them. I'm a great believer in preparation."

But her fear calmed him. If she was afraid of it, she hadn't arranged it, which meant she was  was unprepared as he was. He offered her a charming half smile, eyes still wary but softer. "I would never have addressed you so informally, otherwise." He raised an eyebrow. "Does this happen to you often? You meet an unsuspecting fellow bibliophile and lure him in with a truly grand library?" it was weak, as jests went, yet gentle as interrogations went. And he really needed to know.

The need to ease her fear was almost overwhelming. But only almost.

Offline Honora Devlin Dunne

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #7 on: Feb 28, 16, 03:14:23 PM »
Already Honora was struggling with the logistics of a Darkness blessed bond. Years ago she had given up any lingering hope that she might find a man, or men, who the Darkness deemed were worthy of serving her as a Queen. She’d always known that to an extent she lacked many of Loreniel Killan’s natural graces of their shared Caste. While Honora was tremendously skilled in the ceremony of a Queen’s gift she had never possessed much skill in the Touch or the Bond.

The discussion of history and wisdom was beautifully poetic in this moment but Honora was too far on edge to truly appreciate the Prince’s input into the conversation.

This was a Prince whom she could have sat at her desk and pointed out all the references she had been constructing to help inform her decision in a land dispute. Honora barely knew him but certainly she sensed that he would be capable of validating the points or pointing out the weakness or flaws in her decision. This Prince was informed, educated and devastatingly calm when under pressure.

The Darkness sure knew how to pick a proper Bond for a Queen such as Honora, but Mother Night it had waited a damn long time to deliver this small boon to her lonely existence.

The direct question seemed to have been easily deflected by the Prince who had his own method of questioning the new found Queen. Was he has confused and scared as she was? Honora could hardly tell, as wrapped up in her own emotions as she was, but she focused her attention on him for a few moments desperate to learn something of the impact this moment was having on the Prince.

The wariness in his eyes was an echo of her own internal strife but she managed to return the smile with a gentle and good intentioned one of her own.

“It’s never happened to me before, Prince.” She commented softly. There was a first time for everything but Honora was not convinced she was ready to accept this particular gift from the Darkness. Honora smoothed her suddenly damp hands over the folds of her tartan skirts; today she had honoured Clan Dunne by wearing their colours though occasionally when visiting home she wore her Devlin purple and green tartan to remind herself from whence she came.



Offline Aaron Druimun Falkirk

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #8 on: Feb 28, 16, 04:24:06 PM »


Winter, 190 AP
The Library, a week or so after the arrival



Aaron Falkirk was indeed devastatingly controlled; his upbringing had demanded it as a survival tool and his decade in the Navy had only enhanced that control. His most recent sojourn with the Falkirks had eased some of that, added smile and laugh lines, but under pressure the control always slammed into place. When Honora looked closely she'd see the fisted hand, trying not to touch her, the intent gaze that couldn't look away from her, the way his body canted forward and each breath was deep, deep enough to drown him in her scent.

Perfectly mannered, flawlessly paired with the battered Prince, his Queen smiled at him. In the midst of this unheralded Bond, wholly new to her, she retained her control and poise. "There's no good books or reference materials for this. I took the lack of empirical evidence to mean the stories were exaggerated. My Aunt ...destroyed my father, her Bonded. My Uncle had to kill his Queen. My cousin lost his." Now his hand reached out to clasp her damp one. Lady Honora Devlin Dunne should never be so wary as to fidget. He gentled his manner further, a new and intriguing thought occurring. "We should write a Dissertation."

He watched her eyes still, the need to soothe her profound. Acting on that need would cost him the home he had only just achieved. Yet he could not stand before her quiet dignity and let her suffer. "You should study my history before deciding if you ...accept."

Offline Honora Devlin Dunne

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #9 on: Feb 28, 16, 05:49:20 PM »
Honora was already planning a visit with Loreniel as soon as this awkward encounter was over; and yet she had no desire for it to end prematurely. Loreniel would have known exactly what to do to make this male feel at ease in her presence despite the obvious struggles he was undergoing with the sudden revelation.

Normally Honora was very well spoken and knew exactly what to say in any situation. She was a calm and collected Queen, a rarity among natural Sceltic Queens, which allowed her to have a much different perspective on most situations. It was a perspective that had earned her great accolades from Loreniel who had valued her advice and counsel for so long. Long enough for Honora to regain her own self-esteem and inner strength, enough anyways to rule in Kilvary once again.

It was the Warlord Prince caste which normally bonded with the greatest frequency, because a Queen often was the balm to a ragged and emotional nature. On the other hand Princes did not bond as dramatically as their counterparts and with less frequency, but they were perfectly capable of a Darkness granted bond.

Certainly their approach to it was far different than any approach Honora had seen from the multiple Warlord Princes who had bonded her dear friend. They were far more animalistic in their sudden claiming of a Queen. Whereas her Prince appreciated the scholarly aspect of this unusual union.

“I’ve studied Loreniel’s bonds.” Honora explained cautiously. “Each one is as unique as a snowflake so there was little to be learnt from those circumstances. I imagine it is exactly what we make of it.” She surprised herself by grasping his hand in her own. It was rare for Honora to seek the touch of a male who was not of her family since the death of her husband several years earlier. Yet there was nothing uncomfortable about Aaron’s casual touch and she found herself craving it, and perhaps even more.

“And should you not study my history?” Honora countered. “I’m not the easiest Queen to deal with.” It seemed like a fair warning to give under these circumstances. It was certain that they would both have their faults but Honora couldn’t guess what his might be, not yet anyways. Yet she was certain that nothing he could do, say or reveal would jeopardize this unique friendship she was trying to cultivate.

Offline Aaron Druimun Falkirk

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #10 on: Feb 29, 16, 03:59:08 AM »


Winter, 190 AP
The Library, a week or so after the arrival



Aaron's shoulders slowly relaxed, when his Queen clasped his hand with hers. It wasn't a desperate grasping or frantic, stringing grip. It was an elegant acceptance. His faint smile flickered appreciation. "Yseult Bonded Malachy and Dhouglan before I was with the Clan. I saw Prince Niall's ..." He gave a half laugh, though his eyes darkened again. Niall had given up much to follow Yseult. As he would sacrifice the safety and certainty of his Falkirks. His father. The new friendship with Niall.

Why was she studying here alone? No Escort, no friend, no family. He knew her to be well respected. He had heard many times over how attached her family was to her. But as he wound through the family roster of well known Devlin, Doyle and Killan kin, he realized most served here, with Lady Loreniel.

"I am no out-of-control Warlord-Prince, nor am I suicidally depressed Warlord. I don't doubt we'll work well together, but I cannot fathom what great need drew us to this." His thumb traced lightly, reassuringly over the back of her hand. He didn't want his words to hurt or offend, but he needed answers.

His eyebrows rose in surprise. "You are the Lady Honora Devlin Dunne. Everyone speaks of your excellence." An odd, dry note entered his voice. "Even Clan Laird Devlin." Emboldened by her calm, and her touch, he leaned forward, and spoke intently, "Tell me one dark secret, or one reason we should fear this thing between us, and I'll tell you one as well."



Offline Honora Devlin Dunne

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #11 on: Feb 29, 16, 07:25:30 AM »
Honora was sympathetic to the sudden disruption this change would cause in Aaron's life. It was never easy to plan for such a dramatic and drastic change in someone's life and essentially their career. Equally Honora's Court would become disrupted by the sudden appearance of a new powerful Prince with courtly behaviours that belied his Highlander heritage.

On the surface they appeared to be well matched in their temperment and courtly grace. What terrified Honora was that she would need to open herself up to Aaron, a stranger, when she already struggled to grant family and close friends that closeness. Her life felt like it had been one tragedy after another and she feared by letting anyone too close she would become the catalyst to yet another tragedy. How exactly did one explain this to a newly bonded male?

"The Darkness works in mysterious ways." Honora agreed. "I've no Priestess training to try and understand the methods of the Darkness." Certainly she would never understand why the Darkness would dare trust her with a man when she had hurt so many others who had been given to her care.

"Excellence?" Honora echoed the word but disbelief was evident in her tone. Regardless of how she was viewed in the Territory it was clear that the Queen had her own demons to contend with. "One secret?" Honora pondered this for a moment and took it under consideration. If there was ever a time to speak the truth and face the consequences this would be it. Though the Darkness bound them together they had no obligation to remain together. He could remain in his Court and struggle against the draw of the bond if he was strong enough.

"I have a bad history of being the cause of deaths or breaking to those closest to me." The words had been much harder to speak than Honora would have anticipated and came out in a hoarse tone that was very unlike her usual cultured and elegant voice. "I suppose that's one of my darker secrets." The Queen glanced away to hide the pain that was evident in her eyes. Thinking of Donagh or Ciaran was always difficult for Honora.

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #12 on: Feb 29, 16, 12:54:29 PM »


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Aaron Druimin Falkirk knew what it was like to zealously guard the secret core of yourself from others; knew well the isolation and burning resentment it had breathed within his own breast. Yet the heart-wrenching pain and self-doubt within his Queen's eyes was different, for she was protecting others from herself, not herself from others.

Her quoting as to Mother Night's mysterious purpose brought a brief, ironic smile. "Mother Night has her own purpose, rarely aligning with ours. But in this case ...  I may forgive her." He considered that expression of self-doubt, tiny as it was. "Your judgements have less than a ten percent chance of ending up back before you or another Queen. Given that you are tasked with my Falkirks, and other Highlander's as well, that's as close to perfect as I've ever seen. So ... it might be time to look at your rule objectively. As a ship's Captain must asses his command style and efficacy."

"I was raised in the lowlands. My mother and Aunt between them sent almost one hundred people to their deaths because they could not withstand skilled manipulation or put the needs of others before their passions. I fled to the navy at 18, instead of either reporting the true state of affairs to a higher Court or following Blood Law and killing the puppet master myself. I let all those people tear themselves apart." He would never make that mistake again, never trust that Mother Night would sort it out or that his betters were wiser than he. He offered his truth not to eclipse hers or turn attention from her pain, but to equally share his blood-guilt. They were all Blood, and the violence inherent within the species had to be leashed.

But sometimes those leashes failed.

He felt her tension and self-loathing through the hand clasped in his, through her scent, tinged with a deeply personal sorrow, and through her beautiful voice. He was not furious with himself or her for the pain she felt, was not goaded to mindless fury and thunder. But he did need to address the issue. He needed her hale, whole and happy. His free hand brushed knuckles across her cheek. "You are a Queen, Lady Honora Devlin Dunne. The men who serve you ride to war as any Clan forced into Feud. Those who love and serve you will die. Will be Broken. But while they will die for you, and even on occasion as a direct result of an order you've given, they neither have in the past, nor will in the future, died resenting their choice to serve you." He spoke firmly, with an absolute conviction rare in him. "They die because it is a male's right and privilege to serve. We die because we are not perfect. And we die because evil men cannot bear to see something bright and beautiful and good without needing to posses or ruin it."

Somewhere, in that speech, he had stepped over the line from considering weather or not to serve this woman, to ready and willing to die for her.

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #13 on: Mar 13, 16, 01:03:10 PM »
Perhaps it was the Darkness gifted Bond but opening up to Aaron had proven easier for Honora than when she tried to open up with her siblings. Yet none of it had been easy for Honora who was a strictly private person. Some scenarios, and relationships, wouldn’t allow for that kind of privacy and she recognized that this would be one of those relationships.

Aaron’s recounting of the statistics around her rulings was shocking. The numbers rang true though she’d never done the math to such a specific accounting of her decisions. Then again his Clan was one of those that Honora ruled over. Honora had to admit, faced with the facts so casually laid out by Aaron, that she was a good Queen to her people, but she wasn’t ready to give in that she was a good Queen to her Court.

She sensed the guilt within him and carefully squeezed his hand, the motion was supportive in nature. She might not have Loreniel’s inherent talent with handling men but Honora was a Queen (his Queen) and that would be enough to act as a soothing balm. It was the least she could offer as they shared their darkest secrets.

“Men die for a Queen because it is their right and privilege.” Honora agreed after a quiet moment of reflection. “Yet a good Queen will never release the burden of knowing she had a hand in their destruction or death. A good Queen will feel it to the core of her being and will carry the weight of that knowledge throughout her life. It weighs heavily on my soul, Aaron, and it frightens me to invite another male to embrace that right and privilege.”

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #14 on: Mar 18, 16, 04:14:35 PM »


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Aaron Falkirk felt the comfort from his Queen's touch flow into him from even that tiniest of movements, the barely discernible pressure as his Queen sought to comfort. And it did; heady and sweet, mixing with his intense connection in a blend so reminiscent of romantic love that he had to struggle with himself not to gently tilt her chin and feast. If she had met his eyes shed likely see that first moment when hunger stirred to life.

Had he been a Warlord-Prince, he likely would have done just that.

Still, the effort of resisting made him skip a breath, and clear his throat. His voice was less polished when he spoke again, "My dear, gentle lady. You do not ask for my service, my life or my life death." He kissed her knuckles, lingering a heartbeat too long. His voice quieted to calm conviction. "Mother Night offers and I demand that right. The blood-guilt is mine."

Aaron watched Lady Honora intently. "I am sorry for your losses. If my presence comforts you as much as yours comforts me, then I offer it. In any capacity." it was an oblique and subtle offer, but one easily turned down without embarrassment or excuse, by simply not acting on it . "Tell me of our First Circle, my lady. Whom there pleases you, and what role do you wish me to serve?"

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #15 on: Apr 02, 16, 04:14:11 AM »
There were none to whom Honora had acknowledged this fear with prior to this encounter with a stranger. The Darkness worked in mysterious ways to deliver yet another male into her service. He was as stubborn as Ciaran or Donagh but founded that stubbornness on a rare intelligence and elegance.

Honora was too busy trying to interpret the meaning of this gift from the Darkness to notice any stirrings within Aaron, though perhaps that was for the best. The Queen already struggled with the notion of another male entering her life and a stranger at that; but at least he was an allied stranger to the Queen of Scelt. She’d always had remarkable sympathy for Loreniel when the Queen had bonded to a Prince of a feuding clan – Eamonn Sheane. She had seen what that had done to Loreniel, Eamonn and even her brother Brogan.

The offer of comfort in any capacity did startle Honora, but perhaps not as much as her own reaction. There had been any number of men who had made similar, though less subtle, offers to the Queen of Kilvary. But none had been accepted. In fact she had not taken a lover since the death of her husband all those years ago. Carefully masking her expression she offered him a gentle smile and focused on the following question – his interest in her First Circle.

“I think the role will show itself naturally in time but it would be a waste not to name you to my First Circle immediately.” The Court of Kilvary was considered small for a Province Court so making any rearrangements within it would cause no pain or heartache.  “I have no other bonded males so in time I imagine you’ll supplant someone in the Triangle but we’ll need to see what position will be best suited to you and the Court.” At the moment her Triangle was carefully balanced to acknowledge the various Clans, families and friends who supported Honora.

“The Steward is my biological uncle from Clan McKinnon. He’s very efficient and trustworthy.” In time Honora would explain more of her troubled past to the Prince but this was not yet the time, she determined. “The Master of the Guard is my brother-in-law from Clan Dunne, and a proper Kilvary warrior and tactician.” Honora was quite fond of Lachlin and he reminded her greatly of Donagh, their friendship was undeniable and evident in her tone. “And the First Escort is a cousin from Clan Devlin and a dear childhood friend of mine.” Coriln was one of the few Devlins who did not openly serve Loreniel Killan and had remained unquestioningly loyal to Honora during their childhood, through her first Court, and while she took the needed break from ruling following Donagh’s death.

“The First Circle is comprised mostly of friends or allies to Clan Devlin or Clan Dunne.” In fact much of the First Circle had been populated by her late husband’s family in a show of solidarity to the widowed Queen. “What more would you like to know?”

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #16 on: Apr 07, 16, 07:14:25 PM »


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Aaron Falkirk accepted Honora's graceful refusal of his offer and tried to focus on the information he knew about her Court. He knew the names, the vital statistics of her First Circle since acquiring Honora as a closer ally was in fact a passionate goal of Yseult's. He was pretty confident this eventuality was not what she had had in mind. Still, despite the rebuff, he kept gentle hold of the delicate hand he had captured. She could remove it at any time; he did not imprison. But the flow and contact, skin to skin, was endlessly fascinating.

Her smile was sweetly gentle, and he listened intently as she gave him subtle as well as obvious clues as to the nature of her Triangle. "I would not wish to cause you any political difficulties. I trained for years with my father, for the position of Steward and am confident I could fill that roll at need. I am also well able to handle First Escort, and indeed, would be especially honored to hold that place if the need ever arises. Master of the Guard I could do, as I'm a trained ship's captain and much the same rules apply, though I confess study of land battles and tactics would be wise before such an appointment. My current role is security. Analyzing and studying both your First Circle and those it comes in contact with.' he leaned closer, and whispered softly into her ear. Yes, he could have used a mental thread. But he wanted the sweet smell of her, and to see if his presence so close made the pulse in her neck jump. "Spy master, in the Falkirk Court. I shall build you a new one, but not abandon my old; my heir is not yet fully trained." He took a final deep breath of her scent before forcing himself to lean back.

"Have you any specific needs or concerns, regarding your court? Is there anyone who would like to interview me before you appoint me to your First Circle?" Aaron paused to let Honora answer his questions. "You could apprentice me to one or all of them; if they are all family and friends, it may be wise to publicly appointment your Seneschal; I would still serve with you daily and be able to observe the court with out upsetting them with my true purpose."

"My cousin Yseult is powerfully fond of you; she conceived a vast admiration some years ago, and very much wishes to become better acquainted."

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #17 on: Apr 24, 16, 08:03:47 AM »
In time Aaron would learn a tremendous amount more about Honora’s Court and Honora herself. The truth about her McKinnon parentage wasn’t a secret but it was infrequently spoken of out of deference for the painful past to the McKinnon Clan and also to the Queen. She’d already been candid about the lack of bonded males but she hadn’t spoken at length about concerns of loyalty of those who sat outside her First and Second circles. Naturally positions in the lower circles had been given to prominent Clans in Kilvary or as a way to honour tentative alliances.

No, all those truths could come at a later date once Aaron and Honora discovered his rightful place in her Court and life.

Aaron spoke of his talents and training as it pertained to her Triangle. Honora had already considered the fact that a bonded male would more naturally fit in a Queen’s Triangle, but determining the role he would take and who he might supplant was not an easy concept to consider. Each male in her Triangle represented a specific element in her life and career and to demote any would hurt her as equally as it hurt one of them. They would understand, knowing that a Queen’s Bond was extraordinarily powerful, but these were men who had stood by Honora even when she had lost all confidence in herself and her rule.

There was talk of spies, something that was more native to the likes of Dharo or Glacia more so than Scelt. Neither of Honora’s Courts, not her first and not her second, had ever made use of spies or informants. Reports were open material that was shared with her Triangle not for gain or greed but out of duty.

This is all going so fast. Honora thought in a moment of panic.

“No interviews needed, I think.” Honora commented calmly, any sign of her panic had not reached the carefully sculpted surface of her facial features or eyes. Emotions were often something that the Queen had complete control over. “The best place to start will be to appoint you to the First Circle and work from there. Perhaps providing you opportunities to shadow the various roles in the Court to understand where your skills might best be served. I tend to work in an organic approach to politics and relationships.” Again she offered him a well-practiced but warm smile. Time would determine where Aaron would best serve in the Court and Honora had every intention of easing him into the role. It would make supplanting any long standing member of her Court that much easier if Aaron grew into the roles rather than claimed them as a stranger to the Court.

“Your cousin’s reputation preceded her arrival here at the Killan Estates. Though what she has to admire about me when she’ll have a mentor like Loreniel Killan I’ll never know.” Honora’s style of leadership was uncommon it Scelt. She rarely used force and instead relied on politics and negotiations to see her agenda through and the safety of her Province. In Scelt, a Territory of warriors and war, this was often misconstrued as weak leadership; but to those who knew the Queen well there was nothing weak about the lady they called the “dainty dictator”.

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 16, 12:57:04 PM »


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Aaron watched carefully, but Lady Honora was a private and closed woman, and he could barely discern the slightest indication of her deep thoughts as she contemplated all she might choose to tell him, and what was best handled as it became pertinent. He had his own ways of acquiring basic background, and he trusted that would make his ability to fit into her Court as painless as possible.

He was a restrained man himself, and found the intensity of his emotions - and devotion - to be astounding. As gently as Lady Honora had turned down Aaron's oblique offer, still he found himself lightly holding her hand, keeping not that contact. He could not tell if that need was unworthy carnal desire, an excess of emotion or simple wonder. A need to reassure himself that this emotion, at least, wasn't fleeting. The passions of the Blood were so strong they could lead to intense bouts of emotions that were as brutally extinguished as they had been unexpectedly ignited. The most powerful aspect of the Queen Bond, at least to Aaron, was the sense of permanence it granted. It came from beyond the two involved, and could but rarely be spoiled by even a Blood's intemperance passions.

His Lady assigned Aaron to the First Circle without the need or desire to consult other members there, or speak with her Triangle. But she had absolutely no response to his considerable qualifications or his suggestions of what sort of roll he might play. He only nodded acceptance; it would be natural for her to assume that he didn't know Court life, and each Court was as unique as a riding horse. They had their own strengths and needs. It would be a good way for him to find the hidden power structure and alliances that would not find its way into any report.

Aaron answered her warm smile with one of his own, considering her comment on the Killan Queen and his cousin, Yseult. "You are very good with the power of words, probably a better negotiator than even the Killan Queen. All three of you have your strengths, and yours is one that Yseult particularly admires. It takes a lot of quiet strength to get Highlanders to see reason."

The Prince considered deeply for several minutes more, before asking more quietly, "And is there anything you would me to know about you, my lady?" He already planned on a brief interview with her father, Laird Devlin, as soon as possible. He deserved to be told in person, and likely he could expect one or more of the Killan Queen's Triangle to look him up. But those were matters she need not fret over.

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 16, 03:27:37 PM »
The consistent and gentle touch of his hand on her own was an unusual comfort for the Queen. Certainly she had witnessed such innocent touches among those of her acquaintance who had been blessed with the Queen’s Bond; after all, Loreniel was particularly skilled in managing her males with similar touches. At the time she had never put much stock in the power of a Queen’s touch but now that Aaron was seeking such comforts from Honora she had to appreciate that the calming feeling appeared to move in both directions.

Honora was a planner and her mind had already begun thinking on how Aaron’s bond could disrupt, or enhance, her life and her Court. The Triangle would feel threatened and she despaired ever deciding to replace any of those men in her life, but it seemed only natural given Aaron’s skillset and the shared bond. Then there was also the challenge of how to handle the news with his family and the meetings she would likely have to have with his Laird and Queen to assure them that Aaron would be well respected in the Kilvary Court and well taken care of by the Queen.

With her thoughts moving quickly through all the various scenarios she would need to handle and negotiate it would have been easy to lose sight of the miracle that stood before her discussing their future in a casual but lovely manner.

“Lore would laugh to hear anyone refer to her as a negotiator.” Honora smiled fondly thinking of her dear friend and near sister. “She’s always undervalued those particular traits.” Honora never had but it was her counsel which had helped Loreniel through the years. Perhaps it was even her influence on the Queen that had given Lore those necessary skills.

“I’m still unconvinced that Highlander’s can see reason.” Though Honora smiled the words were simply true. Highlanders were some of the most stubborn men and women on the Sceltic island. It seemed to be a competition between them who might out-stubborn the neighbouring clan.

Honora stared at him a moment as he asked the last question. He wanted to know about her? She glanced away momentarily trying to fight the need to remain private and composed in front of this near stranger. No. He wasn’t a stranger any longer, the Darkness had seen to that.

“I’m better at answering questions than speaking endlessly.” She explained by way of an explanation and to start answering his question. “Most who are familiar with my name know the basic details. I was adopted into the Devlin Clan, grew up alongside a ridiculous number of siblings and the Queen herself, before I married and joined Clan Dunne and began ruling a District. After my husband’s murder I dissolved my Court and joined Loreniel’s to serve as counsel. It wasn’t until the death of my brother Aidan that I ever considered ruling again but a Killan ally needed to rule in Kilvary and I was best placed and most suited for the position.” It was natural for Honora to forgo mentioning her relationship with Clan McKinnon or her parent’s tragic story. And the words likely sounded more rushed as she spoke about her husband’s murder, a topic that was still sensitive for the widowed Queen.  “What more would you like to know, Aaron?” She was not inspired to ask him similar questions, nervous instead of what he might ask of her.

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #20 on: Jun 11, 16, 09:06:13 PM »


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Aaron Druimun Falkirk clasped Honora's hand gently, soothing her as she opened up to him about Loreniel Killan and her family. It was very ... Highland ... That an enquiry as to what she felt he needed to know of her was immediately answered by a list of family ties and bonds; the fact that her birth family was left out was telling. He immediately determined to do more research there, and at once. Her  delicate analysis of the Lady Killan as not a negotiator brought a spark of laughter to his eyes. Highlanders. "My own Laird feels that it is not a negotiation if he hasn't got his sword in his hand and not a battle unless he's swinging. It can be confusing to those of us who actually understand the definitions of words." And his gentle teasing was likely to get him run around the salle a few times, when it got to the Laird. His smile answered that of his Bonded Queen's. "You and I, my lady, shall have to endeavor to change the reasonableness of Highlanders. Though I admit their priorities are clear, from a certain point of few."

The Prince heard the stress and elevated pace of her words as she spoke of her dead husband's murder. "I'm sorry for your loss, my lady. A wound like that never fully heals." Not that he had seen; there was something in the sudden death of a spouse that exceeded almost any other wound. Perhaps because sufficient trust for a marriage was so very rare amongst the Blood. He looked down at the hand she clasped, and turned it over, seeking to phrase his words correctly. It was important that he not cross boundaries she wasn't ready for, but also that he learn how to strengthen and support her. "I've been part of a badly run Court, where the Queen's males didn't know how to protect their ladies. And I've been privileged to see how fiercely young Yseult protects her own Clan and Court. But it's the way of both Blood Law and my own nature to accept that as your male - Your only Bonded, if my sources are correct - that my primary concern is your well-being and happiness. So let's start with the simple things."

Aaron's voice grew gently amused, making it clear he spun a tale he found highly unlikely. "Assuming one day I walk into your office and you fling an expensive though ugly vase at my head (I cannot imagine you flinging a tasteful one no matter the provocation) what is the best way to soothe your ire, and discover what is troubling you?"

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #21 on: Aug 09, 16, 11:15:29 AM »
It had been a very long time since Honora had been this intimate with anyone of her acquaintance, even her long time friends and family. Under different circumstances the prolonged hand holding could have felt awkward but it was oddly calming. It felt right to Honora to be locked in the intimiate conversation with Aaron and talking about things she rarely voiced.

Honora had never been aware of what she was missing by not being Darkness Bound to the men in her Court and life. She'd witnessed the special ties with Loreniel and her men but she had never been envious of her friend.  With Loreniel's relationships it always looked like a lot of work for the other Queen. Yet now that she was experiencing this for the first time she understood finally that Loreniel didn't see them as work, but as something else all together.

Though she had been reluctant to re-form a Court when Lore had asked her she'd done it out of duty to Kilvary, Scelt and especially due to her friendship with Loreniel Killan. Regardless of how she felt to form a Court again she ahd chose members carefully and ensured that there was a balance that met political demands but also that the Court was reflective of her own nature and ethics. It was a difficult thing to do and perhaps was the reason that her Court was smaller than normal for a Province Queen.

"Tea." Honora said, smiling at the image of her throwing a vase at all. "Though I'm not nearly so volatile as to throw a vase, even an ugly one. Rest assured, Prince, that I am a very even keeled Queen. My siblings are more often concerned with my lack of emotions than any explosion of them." Honora knew it was often difficult for her siblings to understand her personality, especially since she was a Queen and therefore meant to be more prone to strong emotions and the management of them within those of her Court. Yet she seemed to have missed that element when gifted with her Caste.

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #22 on: Aug 29, 16, 10:42:21 PM »


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Aaron Falkirk watched the subtle play of emotions across her face. And everything was subtle, with his Queen. She seemed to live bottled up inside, caging all instinct behind not merely Protocol but iron-clad good manners. Her voice was sweet, and her demeanor reserved, yet she still somehow dominated the room, commanded his attention. He kept finding little smiles appearing, as he noted details of her appearance, cadences to her speech that he would come to know well in the years to come.

And how odd it was, to know he'd happily shelter her for the rest of her days. How bizarre, to be willing to leave the Clan he not only cherished by had fought so hard to assist, for a woman he only just met. It wasn't love, really. Or perhaps it wasn't love, exactly. It was a fundamental belonging deeper than any he'd felt with his family, welded to a higher purpose that made an intoxicating and irresistible combination.

Lady Honora assured him that tea was the secret to calming her rage and winning her secrets, and he bowed most gravely, though is eyes were warm. "Then we should certainly meet for tea as soon as possible, that I can learn precisely what you enjoy before the wellbeing of ugly pottery is at stake." The laugh in his eyes and voice made it very clear that he could not more imagine her throwing a vase than flying. "Though now I must quarrel with your family. Because you do not wear your heart on your sleeve does not mean you lack emotion." He very gently kissed the back of the hand he held, for one thing he knew. People of great depth of feeling often had deeper, sturdier barriers than those who bled their feelings off with regular expression.

"Control should be lauded, not criticized, my lady." He loved the smooth possessiveness of what had been, until today, no more than a polite way to refer to a Lady of rank. Now, it held a whole plethora of emotions and meanings that he had never before granted it.


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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #23 on: Jun 11, 17, 08:54:52 AM »
Years ago Brennan, her brother, had been declared the black sheep of the Devlin siblings. Honora always thought it was a mis-nomer. He had many of the Devlin traits - stubbornness, competitiveness, and an outgoing personality. Through his veins coursed the blood and heritage that belonged to the Devlin name.
 
Honora had always thought that the title of black sheep better befit her position among the siblings. She was refined, where they were course. She was patient, where they were impulsive. The list was near endless, but Honora suspected she was the only one to have put such detailed thought into why she did not fit in with her own family. Or perhaps it was what made her position with the Devlin siblings that much stronger.
 
When none of her siblings had joined her Court she hadn’t taken it personally. Loreniel’s Court was far better suited to their personalities. Aaron’s surprise visit and the Bond they discovered proved a point to Honora that she had forgotten long ago. She was an unusual Queen in Scelt which meant it was only natural that the average Sceltic man would not be bound to her by the Darkness.
 
“It becomes more clear by the minute why the Darkness saw to pair us, Aaron.” Honora offered him a gentle smile. “Our mild tempers and peaceful natures will compliment one another well.”
 
There would be much more to learn about Aaron and Honora gleaned that her tea collection and selection would grow. Perhaps he might even try and win a smile from her with exotic teas from Terreille. Wishful thinking, she suspected, but if anyone in her Court would be moved to find the exotic teas she sensed it would be Aaron and his determination.

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Re: Full Circle: The Benefits of a Classical Education
« Reply #24 on: Jul 10, 17, 11:43:23 AM »


Winter, 190 AP
The Library, a week or so after the arrival



Aaron Falkirk’s eyebrow rose, at Lady Honora Devlin ascribing to him a mild temper. Or even to herself; from what she had so far told him she had stood against the entirety of her family to insist upon the trappings of civilization. That was not the hallmark of a person with a mild temperament, even if she but rarely let an outsider sense her wrath.

Even more baffling was her assumption that she held a peaceful nature. He studied her very closely, a faint smile appearing. “Are you not renowned for your grace, style and elegance? And are not such traits vanishingly rare amongst the Highlanders, but nearly forbidden to the Devlin Clan? That is not the work of a mild personality, or one with no temper. I’ve faith that there’s steel and fire both within you, merely caged so ferociously few people are ever privileged to see them.”

“For myself, I’m a man who desires peace, and does not seek conflict that has no purpose. I’ll seek out that peace for you, my lady.” He kissed her hand, almost apologetic. He was a man of reason and purpose but … she would have a dismaying time of it if she thought him either mild, or peaceful.

“I have heard you called the Dainty Dictator, and I well believe the strength of will that earned you such a title. But its best if I know now if that phrase offends, or pleases you?”